08 Are You a Slave?

Dear Blog Friends,

Many of you that visit our blog site are already believers but some may not be.  My ambition and hope is that through this blog site you may find Jesus Christ as your Saviour and Lord.  For you who are already true believers my ambition and hope is that you will continue on to be a steadfast servants for the Lord.  It is interesting that the word “servant”  in all of the English translations is translated “servant.”  Why would I consider that an interesting matter?

Well while listening to John MacArthur preach on the subject he pointed out that the Greek word which is constantly translated “servant” is the Greek word “doulos” which should be translated slave.  MacArthur drew the conclusion that the translators must of thought that  their target audiences would be offended by the direct use of the word slave.  He is probably right because even as true Christians we do not like that word which would classify us as underlings and subservient people.  However, for many of the early Christians this is exactly what they were already in reality.

Many of the early Christians’ dignity was actually raised because they now considered themselves as slaves of the great King of the Universe, Jesus Christ the LORD.  For approximately the first 300 years of Christianity, Christians were an oppressed people in the Roman Empire.  Christianity was not a legal religion in the Roman Empire so at times they were persecuted, hunted down, and tortured because they were considered to be enemies of the State – the Roman Empire.  Neither Jews nor Christians would offer sacrifice to Caesar and were considered enemies of the State.  However, Judaism was considered a legal religion and was grant an exception.   Jews were not required to make an offering to Caesar.

Mankind is a proud group.  Even Christians resent that in which they should glory.  According to Holy Scripture you are either a slave to Jesus Christ or a slave to sin and Satan.   Jesus said that we cannot serve two masters.   He was correct because we cannot be slaves of sin and Satan and also be slaves of Jesus Christ.

Are you willing not only to be called a slave of Jesus Christ, but also to act and behave as you truly should be “a slave in Jesus Christ”?  Everything we have and everything we are belongs to our Master the Lord Jesus Christ.  All of our glory is in our relationship to Him.  May we start acting as we truly are slaves of the Lord Jesus Christ.  The question is not are we slaves, but are we good and obedient slave!  Are we service our Lord and Master with loyality and gratitude each day? As I write this I myself am reminded that everything and every benefit I have is from the Lord of glory.  To be absolutely correct, there are other Greek words that are translated servant in English, but doulos seems to be the prominent one.

17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.

18 Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.  James 1:17-18 (KJV)

Greek Strong’s Number: 1401   Greek Word: δοῦλος  Transliteration: doulos     Phonetic Pronunciation: doo’-los                                                                                 Root: from <G1210>                                                                                                      Cross Reference: TDNT – 2:261,182                                                                                 Part of Speech: n                                                                                                                  Vine’s Words: Bondman, Bondmaid, Servant                                                              Usage Notes:                                                                                                                   English Words used in KJV:                                                                                           servant 120
bond 6
bondman 1
[Total Count: 127]                                                                                                               from <G1210> (deo); a slave (literal or figurative, involuntary or voluntary; frequently therefore in a qualified sense of subjection or subserviency) :- bond (-man), servant.—Strong’s Talking Greek & Hebrew Dictionary

Be a good slave today in everything you do!

Slave Thomas Clark

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